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Heat Top IceHogs 6-3

April 5, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Abbotsford Heat News Release

Abbotsford, BC. - The Abbotsford Heat beat to the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks) 6-3 on Friday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. The Heat remain in second place in the West Division with a 38-25-5-2 record and 83 points.

Returning home after a six game road trip, the Heat offense exploded for six goals despite being outshot 48-19. The trio of Corban Knight, Sven Baertschi, and Tim Miller led the way, combining for 11 points, 11 shots on goal, and finished a plus 13. Knight registered his first career AHL hat-trick, while Sven Baertschi amassed five points (2-3-5), which tied a franchise record for most points in a single game by a Heat player.

The IceHogs opened the scoring at 3:05 of the first period on a goal by Mark McNeill. Tim Miller then began a string of three unanswered goals for the Heat at 11:25, assisted by Dean Arsene and Sven Baertschi. Shortly after, a power play goal by Corban Knight at 16:40 gave the Heat a 2-1 lead, with the assists going to Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart. Shortly after at 18:04, Corban Knight scored again, with Tim Miller and Sven Baertschi drawing the assists.

The IceHogs struck 49 seconds into the second period on an Alex Broadhurst goal, which cut the Heat lead to one. However, the Heat responded when Corban Knight chased IceHogs goalie Jason LaBarbera from the game, with his hat trick goal assisted by Tim Miller at 7:28. At the 13:49 mark, Sven Baertschi extended the Heat's lead to three with his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Shane O'Brien. With less than four minutes to play, Adam Clendening got the IceHogs back in it with a late power play goal.

Sven Baertschi added the only goal in the third period into empty net at 19:18, assisted by Carter Bancks.

The Heat finished one for three on the power play, and killed off five of six Rockford man advantages.

Heat goalie Joni Ortio made 45 saves on 48 shots and was named the third star of the game, while IceHogs starter Jason LaBarbera managed only 8 saves on 12 shots in a losing effort; he was replaced by Kent Simpson who stopped five of the six shots he faced.

The Heat are back at it against the Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhaws) on Saturday, April 5th at 7:00 pm at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. For tickets, please call 1-877-452-HEAT (4328) or visit us online at www.abbotsfordheat.com.

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